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I’ve Tried So Many Workout Programs: Here Is The One That Actually Worked For Me

They’re all so different.

Whenever you’re on a fitness journey, you try so many things before finding what actually works for you. I know this because this happened to me, and even though I’ve found something I love I still like switching it up!

If you don’t love the workouts you do, you won’t be motivated. Finding something you love whether it’s weightlifting, circuit training, an Instagram fitness stars program or just your own workout program you created, it will help you in the long run.

We all know that going into the gym without a plan always fails. It’s like going into the grocery store without a list, you walk around aimlessly until you’re over it. I absolutely love workout programs because I believe it’s the best way to hold yourself accountable. Having a goal when working out is always motivating, so that’s why workout programs are so beneficial and they work. Well, most of the time.

I’m very aware that everyone has their preferences, and everyone has a different body shape. Just because something worked or didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you, but if you’re looking for a program and can’t decide which one to do, I’m here to give my opinion!

It’s best that you talk with your doctor before starting any workout program, especially if you have health issues. Every program is different and requires different starting points, so research is always key when you’re trying to reach your goals for your body type.

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Jillian Michaels DVDs

I swear, Jillian Michaels DVDs are how every girl starts out their fitness journey. I remember trying super hard in high school to ‘get in shape’ which meant restricting my calories, eating 100 calorie packs of Oreos and doing Jillian Michaels DVDs. However, her workouts (specifically Ripped In 30) made me so incredibly sore I couldn’t walk for days and then wouldn’t be able to work out for a week. And then it would happen all over again.

Jillian Michaels is one of my girl crushes, I honestly think she’s what got me into loving fitness because I loved how I felt after doing her DVDs. However, I could never do them for long enough because of how sore the workouts made me. I’ve seen progress photos from the workouts and it definitely works, but just like with any program you can’t expect amazing results in 30 days and not continue on. You have to keep going to see the best results, and I couldn’t do that unfortunately. So do her workouts work? From what I can see on The Biggest Loser, yes they do. But are they maintainable? I could probably do them now and not be as sore, but if a workout program is too much for you, you’ll most likely do more damage than good.

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Anna Victoria Fit Body Guides (FBG)

Anna Victoria is a beautiful and fit personal trainer who is also the creator of the 12 Week Fit Body Guides. Her workouts consist of high intensity strength training workouts that you do for 30 minutes, and you do them for 3 days a week. You also add 3 cardio days to that as well so you can burn fat while gaining muscle. I love Anna. I love how positive she is, I love how real she is and her way of looking at fitness.

Her workouts were just like she said, high intensity. She definitely doesn’t go easy on you, and I really liked that. Her workout program seems similar to Kayla Itsines’ which is bound to happen, but Anna’s workouts involve different body parts and always a full body day. To be honest, I wasn’t extremely motivated on her guides. They weren’t easy, but they didn’t make me as sore as I had hoped and I get sore very easily. I think Anna’s program is great for beginners, but when I was starting it I wasn’t a beginner. She has an FBG Lifting Guide which would be amazing for those who don’t know what to do in the gym, and that’s the next program I’ll try for sure if I’m looking to switch it up!

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Tone It Up Workouts

Tone It Up is run by two girls, Karena and Katrina, who have successfully made their love for fitness in a million dollar company. From workout DVDs to their own brand of Perfect Fit Protein (my favourite protein ever, btw), they’re so inspirational and definitely deserve it. I found TIU back in 2014 and fell in love with how different all their workouts were. Safe to say TIU is what really got me into my love for fitness. I became a TIU member in 2015 and have successfully failed at all of their Bikini Series. Let me tell you why. Hint: It has nothing to do with them.

Like I said before, they started my love for fitness. Seeing that you didn’t have to run for 7 miles a day or eat nothing to see results. They really stress on feeding your body real and whole foods, and they even have recipes for healthy and actually tasty donuts, muffins, and cookies. The only problem I had was a lot of the time on their Bikini Series, or any challenge they have, you have to work out twice a day. Once for your bootycall, which is the morning workout, and once at night or whenever you can get it in. While some people don’t mind this, I really don’t enjoy working out in the morning and I really don’t enjoy working out twice a day. It can be so beneficial to some people, but for others they don’t need that much cardio and it’s not realistic to keep up that lifestyle. I still do TIU workouts because I love them and I always will (especially their HIIT workouts), but I don’t know if I’d consider myself a #TIUgirl anymore.

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Kayla Itsines’ BBG Workouts

Kayla Itsines is the creator of the famous BBG Workouts, the one you probably see all over Instagram. I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, since I have written about this program before. I love these workouts, and it’s the first time I’ve actually stuck with a program and haven’t gotten tired of it.

The program is 12 weeks long, and it’s 28 minutes every other day. 3 days a week you do resistance training, and the other days are LISS (low intensity steady state cardio). And she throws HIIT (high intensity interval training) in there once you reach a certain point. The weeks don’t get easier, you just get stronger. The thing I love about her workouts is that it’s a mix between body weight exercises and if a workout does require weights, they’re not super heavy. It may seem like a lot of workouts, but since it’s only 28 minutes a day and 35-45 minutes of LISS on the off days, it’s really not something to stress about.

Her workouts changed my life, mind, body and soul. I have noticed such a difference in my body it’s crazy, but it’s made my anxiety vanish. I’m currently on week 22 (there are 24 weeks) and I will be starting all over again. I’m not sure if I’ll do this program forever, but I don’t see why I would stop. I don’t dread these workouts at all and if you think 28 minutes isn’t enough time to sweat, try out a workout then come back to me. You’ll be dripping.

It’s that point in February where it feels like winter will never end. As I shuffle from one indoor location to the next, like a testy sloth, I struggle to remember how it felt to be an active, positive person. Will she ever return? A bevy of fitness apps promise to bring personal trainers right to your smartphone, for a great workout at any time. So, I tried three of the most popular, to see if they would inspire me out of my winter slump…

SWEAT, $20/month
The Sweat app was created by Australian fitness star Kayla Itsines, after the runaway success of her BBG (Bikini Body Guide) cult program (which inspired scores of viral before-and-after photos). The app features breakdowns of Kayla’s original BBG workout, along with a handful of other programs, including weight training, yoga, and post-pregnancy, taught by a cast of Instagram fitness stars. While I’m definitely not the type to track and share photos of my abdominals, I wouldn’t mind having a transformation of my own. I was excited to get down to business.

Each workout is broken down into a list of different exercises, where you try to complete as many circuits as you can in the allotted time. A tiny virtual Kayla demonstrates each move in a looping video clip, so even if you’re unfamiliar with a term or a piece of equipment, it’s easy to follow along. Because a lot of the moves (like burpees) involved jumping, as well as use of free weights, benches, and other equipment, this app felt best completed in a gym. There, no matter how hard I tried, I felt like a weird lady staring at her phone and hopping alone in the corner. “You have to get over the shame,” says my friend, a Sweat app devotee who can be seen hopping alone in corners on a regular basis.

If those viral before-and-after photos are any indication, regular use of this app delivers serious results. But while this app was incredibly user friendly, I’m not sure if just having it on my phone would motivate me to actually use it. And for a regular monthly fee, I don’t want to take my chances.

Verdict: Solid guidance for the self-motivated.

Aaptiv, $15/month or $100 for a one-year subscription
This app boasts over 2,500 classes, including running, strength training, stretching, yoga and meditation, ranging from beginner to experienced athlete. The classes are audio only, so there are no visual demonstrations, and if you don’t know what a certain move looks like, you’re on your own. The effect often feels like a very spirited invisible pixie is yelling in your ear.

Not all classes are created equal. Some felt easy to follow, while others, like a strength training class where the instructor yelled things about beastly bodies, scooping up dumbbells, and how things were “about to pop off,” all while techno music blared in the background, made me yearn for the peace and quiet of an uninterrupted run.

A number of classes are geared for use on a treadmill, stair climber or elliptical, so if you’re looking to up your solo gym game, this could be worth checking out. But as far as I’m concerned, there is nothing — and I mean nothing — in this world that could ever entice me onto an elliptical, least of all an aggressively enthusiastic dude yelling at me through my ear buds.

Verdict: A lot of people like this app, and I am not one of them.

Nike Training Club, Free
The Nike Training Club app offers a range of workouts, which you can search based on your goals, workout type, or the muscle group you want to target. It offers both streaming videos and workouts broken down into a list of moves, so you can complete them on your own time.

I appreciated the variety of the instructors — while many of the other apps I browsed featured exercises demonstrated by a homogenous cast of (very thin) women, the Nike Training Club exercises were performed by a diverse crew of both women and men. They all look alarmingly strong, like they could casually lift a car, should the need arise. In all cases, the instruction was solid and the vibe felt inspiring.

I also liked that a lot of the moves, while effective, were things I could do at home, either with free weights or simply using my own body weight. And because a number of the workouts didn’t involve a lot of jumping around, I could complete them in my NYC apartment without worrying about my downstairs neighbor thinking some kind of stampede was happening overhead. Of all three apps, I am most likely to use this. In fact, maybe I’ll do it right now.

Verdict: For zero dollars, an excellent value.

Have you tried any workout apps? Do you currently use one? I’d love to hear.

P.S. The best YouTube workout videos and the art of (bad) running.

Don’t Sweat, I’ve Got You Covered

The last thing you have time for in your busy schedule is yourself. Let alone your health and fitness. I try to carve out at least a little bit of time several days a week to work out. And, the STRUGGLE is real. One thing that helps me is… having a workout option I can do at home. I simply do not have time to go to a class or the gym every day. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the most popular workout apps. You can do all of these from home, and most of them require very little equipment.

P.volve

Since I’ve tried Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG) and Tracy Anderson, I wanted to try something new. After researching a bunch of exercise programs, I decided to try P.volve. The workouts range from 15 to 60 minutes, requires minimal equipment, and…the Victoria Secret models swear by these workouts! If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. 😉 This program focuses on elongating your muscles and builds strength without bulk. The movements are based on your everyday movements. I just started so the jury is out. I’ll keep you posted.

P.volve price

The first 15 days are free. Then it’s $30 for the monthly plan, $150 for the six-month plan, and $300 for the yearly plan. You can get access to over 150 workouts. When you first download the app there is also a free workout for you to try.

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Body By Simone or BBS

The BBS app is cool because it combines celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue and celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque. This is great if you need help with workouts and nutrition. The underlying technique and the movements derive from dance. You use body weight and light weights to develop long lean muscles. You can also customize your workout by choosing what kind of workout and the time you want to workout. In the app, you can stream live classes, track your progress with photos, weight, and measurements, AND you get three meals to try per day!

BBS price

It’s $20 a month and charges the card you have on your iTunes account.

Tracy Anderson Method

With the Tracy Anderson app you can only view class schedules, sign-up for classes, view ongoing promotions, as well as view the studio’s location and contact information. So if you’re a Tracy Anderson lover and live near a studio, this app is great for you. If not, you can still do Tracy Anderson at home by buying the DVDs or watching on YouTube. I started Tracy Anderson after I had Gage and it really helped me get back into shape after pregnancy and my c-section. I loved that I could do the workouts in 30 minutes. The moves focus on longer leaner muscles, kind of similar to Pilates or barre, but definitely unique. I suggest trying some of the free YouTube videos out there to see if you like it first.

Tracy Anderson price

You can buy Tracy Anderson DVDs on Amazon here.
Or stream on Youtube for free!

For more info on the Tracy Anderson Method, read my review posts:

Tracy Anderson: The Post Pregnancy Magician
Tracy Anderson Update & Review
Tracy Anderson Continuity Review video

Sweat: Kayla Itsines Fitness

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) or Sweat With Kayla is a very challenging, high-intensity workout routine. Each workout is 28 minutes and you do those three days. Two days of the week are reserved for some form of cardio training, and one day is for a stretch/rehabilitation session. If you want a rocking body and can stay on a disciplined workout schedule, then this is the one for you. But it can be hard on your joints and got a little repetitive after a while. Another thing I didn’t like was that it kept adding more equipment. You can read more about BBG in this post on surviving week one of BBG. And, I gave my review after completing a 12-week BBG program in this post. I also did a video review on BBG here.

Sweat by Kayla Itsines price

It is $20 monthly or $120 yearly.

Kait Hurley: Move + Meditate

This is the perfect app if you’re looking for a good workout but want something a bit more mellow or less intense. All of the workout videos are organized by class including restorative, high intensity, meditation, and more. But each class has at least a little bit of meditation at the end of each workout. It’s a really soothing and mindful cooldown that truly helps you relax. Workouts range from 30-60 minutes and you can choose what length and type.

Kait Hurley: Move + Meditate price

You get the first 15 days free and then it’s $20 per month. Or you can do a plan of $120 for the year billed annually, which breaks down to $10 per month.

Studio Tone It Up: Workouts

Tone It Up is lead by its two founders, Katrina and Karena. They used to have a TV show called Toned Up and it’s now evolved into a workout app. One advantage of this app is that you don’t need a ton of equipment. I’d say about 90% of the time you only need dumbbells and a mat. Workouts are categorized (legs & cardio, arms, abs, etc.) but you can customize your workout completely and it never gets boring!

Another thing I like about it is that there you get a real sense of community from this app. So if you’re the kind of person who likes to attend classes but doesn’t have the time, this is similar to actually going workout classes. You can’t pause them, they go on without you, you have someone telling you exactly what to do, and other people are doing the workouts at the same time you are.

Tone It Up price

Some workouts on the app are completely free (they call them Daily Toning Moves) but you get tired of those after a while so you’ll want to upgrade to get more classes. It’s $13 per month for the premium which includes Daily Toning Moves, Studio Tone it Up classes and On-Demand workouts. They have studio classes you can sign up for that last about 30 minutes and begin about every 30-45 minutes. So if you miss the 6 pm class, there will be another at 6:30 pm!

Bonus App: Daily Water

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to drink water…but it’s SO important! Two-thirds of our body is made up of water! You should be drinking water all day, every day…not just when you’re thirsty! This is a do as I say, not as I do scenario since I personally need to drink WAY more water. I’m excited to try this app that lets you set reminders to drink water throughout the day.

Which App Is Right For YOU?

P.volve is good for working with your body and has pilates style movements. Body by Simone is perfect for someone who wants help with workouts and nutrition. Tracy Anderson creates long, lean muscles. Sweat with Kayla or BBG gets major results, but can be hard on your joints. Kait with Kait Hurley has great workouts meshed with meditation. Tone It Up has a very wide variety of workouts. My favorites right now are P.volve, Sweat, and Tone It Up.

What is your favorite workout app? Have you seen great results…? Please share in the comments below. Keep scrolling to see some of my cool workout gear picks.

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If you’ve decided to get healthier or stronger by working out, your smartphone can be incredibly helpful. There are hundreds of apps that can be used to monitor your workouts, and the simple act of recording what you have done makes it easier to see what progress you’re making.

Your phone is perfect for this, as you’ll probably have it on you anyway to listen to music while you work up a sweat; why not stick an app or two on there to make your workouts easier to manage?

Some apps simply record what you’re doing, while others also serve to encourage you to exercise, using timely notifications to prod you to do a little more. With so many workout apps to choose from, we’ve rounded up the very best from a range of sports and activities to help you select the one that’s right for you.

Best workout apps 2019 at a glance:

  1. Map My Fitness
  2. Yoga Studio: Mind & Body
  3. One You Couch to 5K
  4. StrongLifts 5×5
  5. Strava
  6. Freeletics
  7. Garmin Connect
  8. Nike Training Club

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1. Map My Fitness

Free with in-app purchases for iOS and Android

Free but ad-supported, Map My Fitness features support for literally hundreds of different activities and exercises ranging from running and cycling to swimming and yoga. This workout app also has a social element: with activities such as running and cycling, you can learn about new routes from other users to keep your exercising a little more interesting. Goal settings options give you something to aim for, and help to create a sense of achievement when you hit them – which, of course, you will!

Map My Fitness is compatible with a huge number of fitness trackers, and it links in with MyFitnessPal to help you make better sense of your calorie burn.

There’s a Pro version of the app available for a fee, and this not only removes ads, but also gives you access to extra features such a improve heart rate monitoring and analysis, audio updates during exercise routes, and live location sharing.

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2. Yoga Studio: Mind & Body

Free trial with in-app purchases for iOS and Android

This workout app offers guided yoga classes for you to follow, whether you’re just starting out or you’re a more seasoned practitioner, and you can stitch together snippets of different exercises to create your own custom workouts. There’s even the option to schedule classes so they fit in with appointments you have added to your calendar.

Classes can not only be customized based on the level and type of exercises and poses you want to do, but also by selecting the type of background music you need to put in in the right headspace.

You can try this workout app free for seven days, and there are various plans available to suit different budgets once your trial expires.

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3. One You Couch to 5K

Free for iOS and Android

Part of a health and fitness initiative by Public Health England, the aim of Couch to 5K is to encourage more people to get into the habit of exercising. As you’d probably guess from the name, it’s aimed at beginners, and the pace is nice and gentle, building up from simply walking.

The ultimate aim is to be able to run 5K, and the training programme lasts for nine weeks – although there’s nothing to stop you working a little slower and taking things at your own pace. You’re presented with a choice of trainers to work with, and the real beauty of the app is that there is encouragement rather than pressure; it’s absolutely fine if you are starting from zero, as the objective of the app is to create athletes from couch potatoes and there are lots of helpful tips along the way as well-known voices provide friendly encouragement.

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4. StrongLifts 5×5

Free with in-app purchases for iOS and Android

This workout app’s name is derived from the popular 5×5 concept (five sets of five reps) which has made something of a resurgence in recent years. Results can be impressive, but the idea isn’t to push yourself to breaking point. In fact, no more than three 45-minute workouts per week are needed.

While it can be used by anyone, it’s really aimed at beginners and intermediate lifters who are looking for an easy way to track what they are doing, maintain a regular routine, and not really have to think about structure: it’s all taken care of for you, including handy weekly and monthly progress reports.

Each session is fully guided so you know what to do, for how long, with how much weight, and then how long to rest for before you continue so you can focus on the weights and nothing else.

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5. Strava

Free with in-app purchases for iOS and Android

Strava is one of the best-known running apps out there. It has a huge following, and not without good reason. While most users turn to Strava to track runs, it can also be used by cyclists, swimmers and Used in conjunction with your smartphone and/or GPS-enables smartwatch, the app tracks your outings on a map so you can easily see how far you travelled, how long it took, and so on.

To help encourage you to push yourself, you can not only try to beat your personal best, but you can also take part in challenges with other users – as well as learning new routes from them. There is an element of treating exercise as a game, and this is an approach that might help you push yourself that little bit harder.

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6. Freeletics

Free with in-app purchases for iOS and Android

Proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a gym membership to get fit and strong, Freeletics focuses entirely on exercises and workouts that doesn’t need any equipment. The apps shows you hundreds of ways in which you can use your own bodyweight as a gym, with the added benefit that you can follow the routines just about anywhere, whenever you feel the urge (or when you have the free time).

The free version of the app enables you to take advantage of customizable coaching, with workout sessions ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, complete with audio and video so you know you are doing things correctly. If you’re willing to pay for a premium subscription, you gain access to extra features such as workout goals, a personally-tailored weekly training plan, feedback to help you improve, and more.

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7. Garmin Connect

Free for iOS and Android

Garmin used to be a name associated solely with of sat-nav systems, but more recently it’s branched out into other areas including the burgeoning fitness market. Garmin Connect works with a range of Garmin watches – the company describes the app as ‘an extension of your Garmin device’ – and can be used to not only monitor the activities and exercises you undertake, but also to build up custom workouts, and to challenge friends if you feel like getting competitive.

The app can work in conjunction with others, syncing data with the likes of MyFitnessPal and Strava, and it provides detailed analysis of your performance, suggesting personalized routines based on this.

The Garmin Coach feature not only tells you what workouts to follow for the best results, but helps you to train for specific events such as a big race or marathon – or just beating your personal best.

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8. Nike Training Club

Free with in-app purchases for iOS and Android

With a big name like Nike behind it, you would probably expect great things from this workout app – and Nike Training Club doesn’t disappoint. As well as the association with Nike, the app benefits from endorsement and content from celebrities and professionals, meaning there are scores of workouts to help you get the results you want.

There are workouts that target particular muscle groups, and others that help you improve performance in different sports and activities. Nike has tried to made things as approachable as possible, including workouts varying between 15 and 45 minutes, and suitable for a range of abilities.

If you’re looking to improve strength without hitting the gym, look no further than the selection of bodyweight-only workouts. But the app is about much more than just workouts and strength. Nike Training Club takes something of a holistic approach to well-being, so there are also mindfulness, nutrition and general wellness tips.

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The 7 best free workout & fitness apps for tracking & planning

Effective workouts are well-planned, targeted, and efficient. But unless you happen to be a certified personal trainer, creating routines and tracking your progress is no easy feat. Luckily, with a little help from technology, you can train like a pro (minus the hefty price tag). Here are seven of the best free workout apps for tracking and planning.

1. Runtastic

Running, jogging, biking – it doesn’t matter how you train, keeping track of your workouts is essential. Runtastic allows you to set goals, uses a built-in GPS to record routes in real-time, and even lets you share your successes with your friends.

PERKS OF RUNTASTIC

  • By tracking your mileage, Runtastic guages what wear and tear your trainers are enduring
  • The app syncs with Apple Music to offer high tempo playlists for true musical motivation

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2. Asana Rebel: Yoga and Fitness

You don’t have to be a full-blown ‘yogi’ to use Asana Rebel. This handy little fitness app offers the perfect introduction to the regime. Rather than bombarding you with annoying notifications, you get a green dot on the built-in calendar when you train. You also get two new workouts every day so you’ll never get stuck doing the same old routine.

PERKS OF ASANA REBEL

  • When you first login to the app – using Facebook or an email – you’ll see a screen that asks you to ‘unlock’ the premium version. Don’t be fooled. You can still use the free option by simply clicking the exit button at the top of the screen.

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3. MyTraining Workout Tracker Log

MyTraining packs a selection of helpful training videos, a routine log, and a handy calendar feature, but that’s not all. Technology may have come a long way, but you just can’t beat support from world class coaches. That’s exactly what this tracking app offers.

PERKS OF MYTRAINING

  • Got a burning question about your workout? Simply open the chat feature and speak to a certified coach in minutes.

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4. My Virtual Mission

Are you in need of some workout motivation? If your current exercise is less-than-inspiring, My Virtual Mission may be the app for you. Use it to create the virtual fitness route of your dreams – literally. If you can imagine a route, the app can create it.

PERKS OF MY VIRTUAL MISSION

  • If you have a desired route in mind, the app will tell you how many miles that is and set a goal for you.
  • When you’ve completed the route, you can even send a virtual postcard to your contacts to show off.

5. Couch to 5K Runner

The hardest part of any run is taking that first step. Couch to 5K offers running novices all the advice, support, and help they could possibly need. The NHS program claims to get people off the couch and running in just nine weeks.

PERKS OF COUCH TO 5K RUNNER

  • Great for easing you into your new regime, so you can realistically work your way from a 15-minute route to a 5K run
  • Each workout is guided by a voice over from the likes of Olympian Michael Johnson to BBC presenter Jo Whiley

6. Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer

Ideally, staying fit and healthy means hitting the gym or track regularly. However, sometimes, you may not have the chance to get out nor the time to dedicate to it. The Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer app means you can exercise well in the comfort of your own home.

PERKS OF DAILY WORKOUTS FITNESS TRAINER

  • You can choose which area of your physique you’d like to target and the app offers a simple yet effective five to 30-minute workout that fits the bill
  • The uniquely genius thing about this app is it’s simplicity. Download it, pick a discipline, and get working

7. Fitbod Weight Lifting Trainer

If the CrossFit phenomenon has inspired you, you’re not alone. More men and women are lifting weights than ever. When giving this regime a shot, Fitbod Weight Lifting Trainer is the ideal app. The step-by-step nature of the program makes planning an effective strength training workout effortless.

PERKS OF FITBOD

  • The more you use the app, the more it understands your abilities and the challenges you face
  • You can tailor your workouts to suit your training style and the available equipment too
  • Join over a million active users and start lifting today.

While fitness apps won’t solve all your training problems, they could help you get more out of your day-to-day sessions. Now that you’re armed with some of the best, it’s time to get started.

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The Best Workout Apps

Unless you really know what you’re doing, it can be easy to waste time when working out, aimlessly drifting from machine to mat without actually doing much working.

You can solve this problem with a personal trainer, or extensive planning, or you can just download one of the many excellent workout apps that exist for your smartphone.

These will do all the planning for you and chuck in some motivation too. Here are the best workout apps.

Nike+ Training Club

There are more than 185 workouts in this app covering a range of activities, including mobility work and yoga alongside pure strength sessions. And if you’re in need of extra motivation then you can tune in to a workout hosted by your favourite Nike ambassador, with training sessions inspired by the likes of Serena Williams and Rory McIlroy on the app. The app also recommends workouts each day based on your past sessions, and has full training plans tailored to a variety of goals. nike.com

Download on App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £13.49 monthly

Jennis

Jessica Ennis-Hill’s app offers quick HIIT workouts which are suitable for everyone, but what sets it apart are the pregnancy and postnatal sections, where expectant and new mothers can find a range of training sessions suited to them. The pregnancy section is broken down by trimester, while the postnatal workouts start slow and short, and are designed to build your fitness up slowly. Each section has a variety of workouts, including yoga sessions, so there’ll be something to suit your mood on any given day. jennisfitness.com

Download on App Store and Google Play | £9.99 a month

The Chris Hemsworth-fronted fitness app is more life coach than workout app, with a seven-days-a-week meal planner and mindfulness session all included. That’s complemented with a six-days-a-week schedule of workouts, with variations to suit every level from some of the A-list trainers Hemsworth has worked with, spanning functional bodyweight moves, yoga, boxing and MMA training, and weights-based gym training.

Join Centr | £15.49 a month, seven-day trial available | First look at Centr

Runtastic Six Pack Abs

If you’re looking for a rounded approach to training that will develop your entire body, then look away now. This app has one goal in mind and that’s to net you a rocking set of washboard abs. Or at least strengthen your core considerably, which is also good. There are more than 50 abs workout videos and a ten-week six-pack plan to follow, none of which requires any equipment so you can do the exercises anywhere. runtastic.com/sixpack

Download on App Store and Google Play | Free, pro version £4.99

StrongLifts 5×5

This app will take all the thought out of your weights room routine. It tells you what exercises to do, with what weight, the sets and reps, and how long to rest between sets, and it also accounts for and tracks your progression over time to ensure you’re always challenging yourself. The workout plan involves three workouts a week of 45 minutes each, and a nice motivational trick is the app’s prediction of the weight you’ll be lifting with each exercise after 12 weeks. stronglifts.com

Download on App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £8.49 for three months

Seven

There are a whole host of seven-minute workouts in this excellent workout app for beginners, which all fit into one of three categories – Get Fit, Lose Weight or Get Strong. All of the workouts can be done without any equipment, so you can get your training done anywhere any time you have seven minutes to spare. perigee.se

Download on App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £9.99 a month

Gymaholic

With a huge library of exercises and routines Gymaholic is another great option for weights enthusiasts, but what really makes this app stand out is the 3D augmented-reality animated exercises. You create your own avatar in the app and it then shows you how to do the exercises and highlight the muscles you have worked in your training. You have to see it to believe it. gymaholic.me

Download on App Store | Free, premium £3.49 a month

Pocket Yoga

Yoga can be a tricky activity to follow from an app, especially if you’re a complete beginner, because learning the poses so you can flow between them quickly during a session takes some time. This app makes it easier with a 200-strong library of poses that you can look through to get a grounding in the basics before trying one of the 27 vinyasa yoga classes offered. pocketyoga.com

Download on App Store | £2.99

Auro

There are lots of guided workout apps out there, but almost all of them require you to be able to see your phone to follow along. Auro Fit breaks the model by using audio instructions for the rapidly expanding catalogue of workouts in the app. These workouts aren’t restricted to strength sessions either – there are workouts for all the common cardio equipment you’ll find in the gym, plus outdoor runs, yoga and stretching. At first it’s a little harder to follow the routine based purely on audio instructions, but once you’ve got your ear in (so to speak), it’s a much more convenient way to follow a workout than having to keep an eye on your phone in the gym. auro.fit

Download on App Store and Google Play | £7.99 a month

You don’t need a Fitbit wearable to use the Fitbit Coach guided workout app, but it’s undoubtedly better if you link the app with a Fitbit watch or band. That’s because Fitbit Coach’s tailored training programme will recommend workouts based on your activity history from the wearable, and if you have a Fitbit Versa or Ionic smartwatch you’ll be able to follow the workouts on your wrist. There are guided sessions across a variety of sports including running, walking and bodyweight exercises, and they last between seven and 60 minutes. You can try a few Fitbit Coach sessions for free but you will need a premium account to use most of the app’s features. fitbit.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | £29.99 a year

Fiit

Bring the boutique gym experience into your home with this app and its ever-expanding catalogue of video workouts. The workouts are divided up into strength, cardio and rebalance (yoga and Pilates) sessions, and your movement and heart rate is monitored throughout via a chest strap that’s included with your subscription and will also count your reps. There’s something for everyone, no matter your current fitness level, and you can pick between 25-minute and 40-minute workouts to suit your schedule and/or motivation.

| Free, premium £19.99 a month, £44.99 for three months, £119.99 a year | FIIT review

FizzUp

This app can help with both planning workouts and improving your diet, and there’s a decent amount of advice tailored to your fitness level available for free, though you can also upgrade to a pro version for more in-depth tips and workouts. The workouts are short (under 20 minutes) and designed to be done with whatever equipment you have, if any. If you’re really pressed for time, there are even five- and ten-minute workouts. fizzup.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £10.99 monthly

Guided workouts are a great way for most people to get started in the gym, but most require you to have your phone or tablet with you, which is not always convenient in a gym. Aaptiv’s guided workouts, however, are audio coached so you don’t have to keep stopping to unlock your device to remind yourself what’s next. Aaptiv also covers all kinds of training: cardio sessions on gym machines or outside, strength training, HIIT, meditation – they’re all there. The workouts are also set to music, and you can search for workouts by genre so you won’t get stuck with tunes you can’t bear to listen to. You can also search by workout type, trainer and intensity level, allowing you to get exactly want you want from your audio coaching. aaptiv.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £7.99 monthly

Gravitus

This pure strength-training app provides an exercise bible, workout templates and a training log so you can track the progress made on your lifts. What sets Gravitus apart from similar apps is its social function, which connects you to other users while also providing a league table of strength rankings. gravitus.co

Download from App Store | Free

BurnAlong

All the workout videos in this app require minimal or no equipment, so you can follow along wherever you are. There is a large variety of classes to try, from Pilates and yoga to boxing and HIIT, as well as six-week training programmes if you’re after something more involved than a one-off session. burnalong.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free one-month trial then £9.49 monthly

Beachbody On Demand

Get access to the hugely popular series of Beachbody training programmes, including Insanity and Core De Force. You can stream the videos or download them to your device to watch at your convenience. If you have an Apple Watch or Wahoo TICKR X chest strap, you can link them to the app for heart rate and calorie tracking during the workouts. beachbodyondemand.co.uk

Download from App Store and Google Play | £39 for three months

Freeletics Training

The Freeletics package isn’t cheap, but this app will provide a comprehensive, personalised workout plan for you that fits both your existing level of fitness and your schedule, so there’s no reason not to stick to it. freeletics.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | £32.99 for three months

CARROT Fit

A welcome attempt to bring some humour into the world of workouts. CARROT Fit talks you through seven-minute workouts that use conventional bodyweight exercises renamed as dragon mating dances, celebrity face punches or something equally silly. The app’s AI will also insult you, quite a lot. It’s not for everyone, but if you’ve had no success with normal seven-minute workouts it’ll cost you less than a fiver to try something very different. meetcarrot.com/fit

Download from App Store | £3.99

30 Day Fitness Challenge

The best way to start your fitness kick with a bang is to cash in all that early confidence by committing to a 30-day challenge. This app has three 30-day challenges available: full body, abs and butt, for those who are really committed to sculpting their glutes.

Download from Google Play | Free

Keelo

This app contains a huge library of short (20 minutes max) and original HIIT workouts so you’ll always have something new to try. There are also HD videos to guide you through all the exercise and an Apple Watch app so you can work out without having to use your phone. keelo.com

Download from App Store | Free, premium £12.49 monthly

This excellent app splits its bodyweight workouts into four categories – strength, cardio, yoga and stretching. Once you’ve selected from that quartet, you pick the part of the body you want to focus on or opt for a full-body workout, and set how long you want to exercise for, and Sworkit will guide you through a variety of exercises in a circuit. sworkit.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £3.99 monthly

Finally, a fitness system that understands your pain, frustration, and schedule. With Sworkit, the feeling of being too busy, too intimidated, or too unmotivated will be a thing of the past. You can live your best life, once and for all. Who says you can’t get and stay in shape? Make 2020 the year you finally take control.
You don’t have to live in the gym to be fit. You can get in amazing shape with our at-home and on-the-go workout system. Millions agree and have used Sworkit to live healthier lives. It’s your turn!
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We’ve delivered almost 100 million workouts to people just like you and we were rated #1 by a collegiate study assessing fitness apps for safety, the ability to help people progress in their fitness levels, the effectiveness of the workouts, and other science-y guidelines set by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). Not to mention, we’re well suited for everyone from beginners to athletes.
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Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, gain muscle, improve your flexibility, or level-up your endurance, Sworkit is here for you. Our algorithm gives you the workout you need in the time you have. 5 minutes? We have your perfect workout. 45 minutes? We have your perfect workout. No equipment? We have your perfect workout. Resistance bands, kettlebells, dumbbells? You get the idea.
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The start of a new year usually means resolutions like getting fit. And if your plans for 2020 include starting a regular exercise routine, your smartphone can serve as an excellent workout companion — and not just for playing music to accompany your exercise.

Check out some of the best workout apps, which include everything from step-by-step instructions (just like an expensive trainer) to exercise data tracking that syncs with the health-monitoring apps on your phone. No matter what your workout routine involves — strength training, yoga, running or some other form of fitness —you’ll find a great workout partner here to help you meet your exercise goals and stick to your resolution to get fit.

Also be sure to check out or roundup of the best wireless earbuds to avoid cords while you exercise and the best nutrition apps for in between workouts.

PEAR Personal Fitness Coach (Android, iOS: Free)

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The PEAR Personal Fitness Coach apps (Android, iOS) is all about eyes-free, hands-free audio coaching, providing users with a rich array of guided workouts for a variety of fitness levels and intensities that adapt based on your performance. You can check out a wide array of workout packages and coaches, and the app plays well with a variety of fitness trackers and devices, allowing you to keep track of your performance and share metrics with other fitness apps. PEAR has a free tier with a limited selection of workouts, but to really get the most out of the app, you’ll want the premium subscription ($5.99 per month), which gives you unlimited access to the workout library and extra features.

Map My Fitness (Android, iOS: Free)

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Under Armour’s Map My Fitness (Android, iOS) logs more than 600 different fitness activities and syncs with more than 400 devices to give users a complete picture of their athletic performance. Users can search for nearby running routes or share their favorite routes. Map My Fitness saves data on pace, distance, and calories burned for GPS-based workouts; you can use this data to set new personal goals. Through the Map My Fitness community, users can join challenges as well as motivate friends. The latest versions of May My Fitness are compatible with both Android Wear devices and Apple Watch. Premium versions of the app offer personalized training programs and the ability to monitor heart rate zones.

Fitbit Coach (Android, iOS: $39.99/year)

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If you’ve invested in a Fitbit tracker, then adding Fitbit Coach (Android, iOS) to your smartphone may help you get even more out of your wearable. Fitbit Coach uses the daily activity logged by your fitness tracker to recommend workouts and activities. These are dynamic workouts that adjust not only to what you’ve done, but your fitness goals and feedback. (Tell the app the workout was pretty easy, for example, and you can expect a bigger challenge next time.) The good news is that Fitbit Coach offers hundreds of routines so there’s bound to be a workout in there for you. You will have to pay for the privilege, as Fitbit Coach requires a subscription — either $7.99 a month or $39.99 annually.

Peloton Digital ($12.99/£12.99 per month)

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Forget about buying one of those fancy stationary bikes to get fit. You can still reap the benefits of Peloton’s approach to fitness with Peloton Digital (Android, iOS). It’s free to download, and you can enjoy a 30-day trial to sample the live and on-demand classes to help you with running, cycling and strength exercises. (If you do own one of those Peloton bikes, your membership is free.) Peloton offers guided workouts in everything from yoga to cardio to stretching.

Nike Training Club

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Nike Training Club (Android, iOS) takes the freemium app approach, offering a vast workout library with exercises aimed at body parts or fitness objectives and with workouts stretching from 15 to 45 minutes and varying intensities. Guided workout collections let you focus on your fitness objectives, with workouts available for full or light equipment or bodyweight-only courses. Personalized recommendations are based on your workout choices, as recommended exercises spring out of your activity. A premium tier offers guided 4-6 week programs, nutrition and wellness guidance, and new workout formats for users looking for more ways to get fit.

FitOn (Android, iOS: Free)

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FitOn (Android, iOS) aims to be a Netflix-style service for exercise videos, offering a vast array of video exercise classes, with varying training techniques and objectives. Workouts featuring pilates, HIIT, or dance, and classes designed for different workout targets and timeframes pepper the app. FitOn’s video workouts come with full voice and video instructions, and allow you to turn your smartphone, tablet or laptop into a portable exercise guide, with classes facilitated by celebrity trainers like Cassey Ho of Blogilates and Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness. Originally a premium subscription service, FitOn went completely free earlier this year, opening up its entire library of exercises to every user.

The Be.Come Project (Android, iOS: $35/month)

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The Be.come Project (Android, iOS) mixes up the usual formula when it comes to exercise apps, taking a more boutique fitness approach that aims to be less judgmental and more body neutral. Each week, coach Bethany Meyers delivers a new guided workout that blends elements of techniques like yoga, pilates and dance over a 25-minute session, from warmup to cooldown. Rather than a smorgasbord, the app only delivers this one workout routine each week, encouraging you to repeat it to perfection until a new routine drops every Monday. The Be.come Project’s accessible, low-pressure style helps it stand out from the pack, but it is noticeably pricier than many of the other premium subscriptions in the list.

JEFIT (Android, iOS: Free)

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JEFIT.com’s apps (Android, iOS) serve as an incredible resource for users looking to do strength training and bodybuilding. Loaded with an exercise database of thousands of routines sorted by targeted body part, the app comes complete with detailed instructions, a workout planner, exercise log, progress tracker, numerous timers and options and synchronization with your JEFIT profile. The free version is ad-supported, while a pro version offers more features and removes advertising.

Aaptiv (Android, iOS: $9.99 / £8.99 per month)

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Aaptiv (Android, iOS) provides trainer-led audio workouts for a variety of workout styles and goals, complete with accompanying music playlists. Users can select from more than 2500 workouts in hundreds of fitness classes, whether for running, cycling, high intensity interval training, 5k, or marathon training, with training routines streamed or downloaded to your phone for offline use. Workouts can be configured for distance, duration, intensity, and calories burned.

Daily Burn (Android, iOS: $14.99/£14.99/AU$14.99 per month)

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Daily Burn (Android, iOS) channels the energy of group workouts by offering live daily workouts that you can stream and work out to. The app provides beginner-friendly full body workouts, with live chats and special guests. Even if you miss the time for the day’s live workout, you can still stream it on demand, along with a wide variety of more specialized workout courses such as yoga, high-intensity cardio, and strength training. You can even listen along with audio workouts — guided courses with a trainer and music that you can take anywhere. Basic membership at $14.95 / £14.95 per month gives you access to the daily workouts and the workout library, while a Premium tier ($26.95 per month) adds an expanded “Best of 365” library of the daily workouts.

Kineticoach (iOS: $9.99 monthly)

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Kineticoach is designed to help travelers and frequent fliers to always stay fit and in top condition, offering customized workout plans tweaked to fit the limitations of your hotel gym, as well as your available time, fitness goals, and level of fitness and experience. The app builds your routine from a rich library of 1,000-plus workouts; many come with GIF and video instructions as well as built-in timers.

ASICS Studio (iOS: 14-day Free Trial)

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From the same team behind Runkeeper comes ASICS Studio, which gives subscribers access to unlimited guided audio workouts. ASICS Studio can help you meet a variety of fitness goals, such as strength training or cardio, with workouts led by professional trainers and accompanied by motivational music. Videos and photos provide exercise tutorials, while timers and audio prompts make it easy to follow along with the pace of the workout. You can download workouts for offline use, and ASICS Studio integrates with the Health app allowing you to store your fitness data in one place. The app comes with a free 14-day trial, after which you’ll need to subscribe for access to the workouts.

Couch to 5K (Android, iOS: $2.99/£2.99/AU$4.49)

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Active.com’s Couch-to-5K (Android, iOS) is designed to gently ease couch potatoes and casual runners and joggers into running 5K courses over time. Users get a training course of 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week over nine weeks, to build up their stamina from wheezing wreck to race-winner. You can choose from four virtual coaches, complete with accompanying audio cues to help motivate you on the run, with automatic or manual logging for easily keeping track of your progress.

Freeletics (Android, iOS: Free)

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Freeletics (Android, iOS) provides you with hundreds of workout routines covering a variety of muscle groups and fitness levels, all designed to use only your body weight as your exercise equipment. Audio and video guides provide step-by-step sequences for your workouts. Premium subscribers get access to further training plans, performance analysis, workout goals, and a “2×2” training mode that requires only a tiny amount of workout space.

Yoga Studio (Android, iOS: $3.99/£1.79/AU$2.99)

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Gaiam’s Yoga Studio (Android, iOS) includes a library of more than 70 yoga and meditation classes that range from 10 to 60 minutes. These classes address strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance, or a combination of all four, and the app lets you filter based on duration, focus, and ability level. More advanced Yoga Studio users can create their own classes from the app’s library of nearly 300 poses as well as 20 pose blocks. Users can download videos and play them later, without an Internet connection, while class instructors can sync Yoga Studio to a television using Chromecast, Apple TV or AirPlay.

Seven (Android, iOS: Free)

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There are lots of seven-minute workout apps available through both Google Play and the iOS App Store, but one of our favorites is Seven by Perigee (Android, iOS). This app challenges you to workout 7 minutes a day for seven months, with a tracker screen to monitor your progress. Stick with the program and you can earn achievements that unlock new activities. You can turn to friends through the app for encouragement or a little friendly competition. If you’re not sure about this whole business of working out, Seven’s 3D guides can help you get comfortable with each exercise. And if you’re looking for something more, the subscription-based 7 Club ($9.99 per month or $79.99 per year) delivers personalized workout plans and access to all workouts.

Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App (Android, iOS: Free)

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Another 7-minute workout app that’s sure to be appreciated by beginners and veterans alike is the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App (Android, iOS). The app guides users through the original 7-minute workout, as well as more advanced routines of varying duration and intensity, complete with short videos. A Smart Workout feature can function as your personal trainer. We also like that users can create their own custom workout routines.

Keelo (iOS: Free)

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Keelo focuses on high intensity interval training (HIIT) for short, incredibly intense workouts that won’t burn up your time but will burn up those calories. Keelo’s exercises run the gamut from bodyweight-only drills to basic gym weights and equipment, and are scalable for beginners or experts. Regardless of which specific workout you’ve got scheduled, it’ll only take 7 to 20 minutes. Video instructions keep things clear and simple, and Apple Health integration lets you share data with other fitness apps. A premium subscription provides extra features such as unlocking all workout plans, warmups, cool downs, and chat coaching, starting at $12.99 per month.

Sworkit (Android, iOS: Free)

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Stop procrastinating and Sworkit, an abbreviation for Simply Work It. Rather than focus on set exercise routines, Sworkit (Android, iOS) has users create targeted workout routines. Select whether you want to build strength, do yoga, practice cardio, stretch, pilates or build a custom routine, as well as a duration of your workout, and Sworkit builds you a routine of randomized exercises that fit your exercise goals. Each workout is different, making sure that you stay alert and are never bored. A premium version unlocks more features such as exercise variations, a workout history and the ability to save custom workouts for a fully customizable experience.

Pocket Yoga (Android, iOS: $2.99 / £2.51)

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You can now carry around your own Yoga studio with Pocket Yoga (Android, iOS), an exercise app that lets you practice the ancient art of stretching and breathing at your own pace and time. Pocket Yoga comes with detailed voice and video instructions for hundreds of different poses, complete with writeups on each one’s proper execution and health benefits. Users can choose between three practices and three durations. Then the app logs your exercises and progress for future reference.

Strava Running & Cycling (Android, iOS: Free)

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In addition to being a top-notch running and cycling tracker, Strava Running and Cycling (Android, iOS) adds some pretty neat competitive and gamified features to the usual run-tracking recipe. The app records your running speed, distance traveled, time and course taken, but also combines it with leaderboards, achievements and challenges. Strava supports a variety of running trackers, in addition to Android Wear and Apple Watch. A premium subscription improves on the formula with filtered leaderboards, the ability to create exercise goals and view more detailed analytics and more.

FitRadio (Android, iOS: $3.99 per month)

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The right music can be a powerful motivator to an energetic workout, and Fit Radio (Android, iOS) delivers a wide variety of exercise-oriented music mixes, audio-coached workouts, and running playlists designed to help set and keep your pace throughout. Users can set their target heart rate and choose from a number of audio-coached workouts or go freestyle with a number of activity-oriented or genre based playlists. Users also can set intervals, track their distance run, and save and share their favorite playlists and DJs.

Tone It Up (Android, iOS: $12.99/Month)

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Tone It Up (Android, iOS) is a fitness app marketed for women, offering a range of workouts from different disciplines, including HIIT, yoga, and kickboxing — all ideal for home workouts and fitness routines. Users get a daily array of workouts, as well as access to hundreds of routines that you can stream on demand, designed for a variety of fitness objectives. Each class is led by a fitness trainer who can show you the proper form and help keep you going with inspiration. The app also provides daily inspiration and reminders to make sure that you get your exercise.

Seconds Pro (Android, iOS: $4.99 / £4.99)

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Runloop’s Seconds Pro (Android, iOS) helps athletes keep time during interval training workouts. The app offers templates for Tabat`a, circuit training, and HIIT, along with the ability to customize and combine timers. Once a workout begins, Seconds Pro will display the current interval and the next interval; text-to-speech capabilities will announce what’s next. Users can customize music playlists and alerts to match the mood of the workout. Seconds Pro connects to heart rate monitors using Bluetooth. iOS users can use AirPlay Mirroring to display timers on a big screen — a handy feature for class instructors.

StrongLifts 5×5 (Android, iOS: Free)

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Based on the strength training program of the same name, StrongLifts 5×5 (Android, iOS) stands for five sets of five reps of five free-weight exercises — squat, bench press, deadlift, overhead press, and barbell row — done in three 45-minute workouts per week. The app tells you which exercises to do in each workout, complete with video tutorials, and how long to rest in between sets. As you log your reps, StrongLifts 5×5 graphs your progress in a weekly or monthly view. The Power Pack upgrade unlocks additional arm, ab, and calf exercises; the upgrade also syncs with Apple Health and Google Fit.

The only exercise tracker with detailed workout programs, HD video exercise instructions and tools to log and track your workouts. On your iOS device or on your desktop, use JEFIT to track your training at home or at the gym and throw away your notebook.
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– Create your own daily custom fitness plans personalized to your goals to help you get in shape and improve your health
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Community and Friends
– Connect with and add friends to help stay motivated
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Starting a new fitness routine or diet program can be tough, but it’s an endeavor that comes along with a healthy dose of hope and motivation. There are a lot of fitness apps and workout apps out there that can help you, and we took a look at some of the best workout apps.

Getting things started can be tough. During week one, workouts hurt so good, grocery shopping isn’t so bad, and meal prepping is downright exciting—you’re finally turning over that new leaf that’s been stuck to the pavement for who knows how long, and it’s your time to carve out those six-pack abs. But by weeks two, three, and four, the excuses start piling up. We get it: The gym’s suddenly too crowded and you’re too tired.

One solution that’s become more popular than ever is downloading a fitness app, a fitness tracker app, or a weight loss app. It’s simple, way cheaper than hiring human help, and it works for plenty of people. So if you find that you need to be held accountable when it comes to diet and exercise, or if you just need an easy method of tracking your already stellar routine, an app may be a great way to do it.

There are countless workout apps and workout tracker apps on the market for both Android and iOS, so it can be tough to sift through the dirt and find a gem or two. So we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and tested a whole swathe of apps. We found 18 that are worth trying if you need a nudge to stay on track.

We broke it down into seven categories, so you can browse based on your needs to find the best workout apps for you:

  • Comprehensive training apps, which guide you through workouts and exercises;
  • Quick-hit apps, which focus on shorter workouts for maximum impact;
  • Outdoor cardio apps, for the more adventurous fit guy;
  • Nutrition tracking apps, to make keeping your diet on-track as simple as possible;
  • All-around workout tracking and meal planning apps, for those who want one app to do the job of two or three;
  • A “get off the couch” app, for all you true beginners out there;
  • Recovery apps, meant to help your body and mind stay in tip top shape.

A few notes about our methodology:

  • While most of the apps we chose have been at or near the top of the rankings in their prospective marketplaces, we downloaded all of the apps we considered to get a feel for how they work and make sure that using them consistently is feasible for everyday users.
  • We excluded apps that are designed to be used with fitness trackers. Plenty of those apps are great, but they don’t really help unless you have their devices.

Click through to check out our favorite health and fitness apps in 2018, according to category.

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